Prior to their arrival in Livingstone, two Lion Encounter volunteers, Tess and Cody from Melbourne in Australia, launched a fundraising initiative to ask family and friends to donate funds to allow the purchase of supplies for local schools supported by ALERT. Once at the project, they took a suitcase full of clothing to Natebe School where children from the Kids Club were excited to receive a donation; from football shirts and trousers to dresses and shoes.
Here Tess describes how she felt when handing out the donations: ‘As I stood there distributing an item of clothing to each child, the smile in response was beyond satisfying and something I will never forget. Each child was so appreciative to receive the donations.’
Students from the Maunga Kids Club were also pleased to receive the donation of stationery items to use during lessons. Again, Cody and Tess had asked family and friends to collect coloured pencils, crayons, markers, writing pens and pencils, and other equipment. Each child was given their own pen and pencil, while the crayons and markers were collected into pencil cases, which teacher Lisa will distribute to each class.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Tess and Cody and everyone who contributed to their fundraising effort. The impact that donations of this kind have on our communities is significant. The resources available to schools in villages around our project sites are extremely limited; reducing the effectiveness of the education that they can provide. ALERT offers both manpower and material support to these schools, enabling them to enhance their provision to the local community. You can help support ALERT’s work by sponsoring a school.